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Absurdly Easy Roasted Tomato-Chipotle Soup

Photo: Okan Arabacioglu, License: N/A

Okan Arabacioglu

Sure, you could open a can of soup. Or, you could take a few extra minutes and exert the tiniest amount of additional effort and make this spicy, creamy, incredibly flavorful soup. I like to serve it with grilled quesadillas for a south-of-the-border rendition of grilled cheese and tomato soup.


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil pantry

3 cloves garlic, chopped pantry

1 medium onion, chopped 50 cents

2 canned chipotle peppers (packed in adobo), chopped, plus a few spoonfuls of the adobo sauce in the can $2 for 6-oz. can

2 14.5-oz. cans fire-roasted crushed tomatoes $4.50

1/4 cup half-and-half $1.50 for a pint

Salt and pepper to taste pantry

1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish $1 for a bunch

Total cost of ingredients: $9.50


Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent and very fragrant. Add chipotle peppers and adobo and cook for another minute. Add tomatoes (juice and all—do not drain), and cook, covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Puree mixture using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender. Return to pot, stir in the half-and-half, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 5 more minutes.

Serve, garnished with cilantro.

Serves 3-4.


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